Halloween is Lesa Stadnek’s favourite time of year and not just because of all the cute children that show up at her door to trick or treat.
Stadnek (or the “Halloween Queen” as her neighbours call her) and her family live just off Hinks Road in Langford and it’s impossible to miss her house. It’s not just what you see on the outside that makes her home a Halloween favorite.
Stadnek puts together a haunted maze in her garage which takes hours of preparation and building. Her neighbour, Carolina Alverez also assists with the preparation and building.
“My whole everything is that,” Stadnek said. “It takes about two months to fully do everything and even this morning I was still changing things around.”
The idea all started when they moved to Langford. She said in the second year of living there, her son had a Halloween party.
“I thought ‘why don’t we just put something in the garage’ so that they had an extra thing to play with,” she explained. “I took a table and all they had to do was go around this table wrapped with a sheet and that was it. Each year, it just became regular and I made it more terrifying.”
This is the fourth running year for the maze. Lesa said she doesn’t run the haunted maze on Halloween as normal guests to the spectacle are friends from her sons hockey teams, next door neighbours and other friends and family. Alverez’s son and daughter, Brett and Brooke, help run the maze as well as Declyn Stadnek.